Game 7 thriller goes to TB

April 21, 2023

Keenan Marks made 56 saves and Nikolas Campbell scored a power play goal just past the 14 minute mark of the second overtime period and the Thunder Bay North Stars are headed to the Superior International Jr. Hockey League championship series.

Playing on the road on Thursday, the North Stars capped a frantic series comeback with a 3-2 win over the Dryden Ice Dogs in Game 7 of the SIJHL semi-final series. Dryden had a 3-1 series lead after four games but Thunder Bay came back to win the next three.

Keenan Marks

In the Game 7 thriller before more than 600 fans at Dryden Memorial Arena, the home town Ice Dogs deserved a better fate in the overtime sessions. Through 34 minutes of OT, the Ice Dogs outshot the North Stars by a 27-13 margin but were unable to solve the aforementioned Keenan Marks in the Thunder Bay net. As the rookie Marks was outstanding for Thunder Bay in the OT, Dryden goalie Eric Clark was a standout through 60 minutes of regulation time with 43 saves.

With the Game 7 victory, Thunder Bay advances to the SIJHL championship series against its bitter cross-town rival, the Kam River Fighting Walleye.

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